November 30, 2022 Special Dispatch No. 10347

On Twitter, Regime-Affiliated Soccer Fans Call On Iranian Team To Beat U.S. In FIFA World Cup To Avenge Killing Of IRGC Quds Force Commander Qassim Soleimani

November 30, 2022
Iran | Special Dispatch No. 10347

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Twitter accounts affiliated with the Iranian regime posted extensively in anticipation of the U.S.-Iran World Cup match on November 29, sharing content that celebrated IRGC commander Qassim Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad International Airport in January 2021. Tweets portrayed Soleimani as a source of inspiration that will motivate the Iranian team to avenge his killing by defeating the U.S. in the match. The following is a sample of these tweets.

Iranian Team Should Wear T-Shirts With Soleimani's Image

An account with the handle "@berke_noghree" tweeted an image of Soleimani gesturing with his finger. The text in Farsi suggested that Iranian players wear T-shirts with Soleimani's image under their uniforms, and show them when they score a goal.

"For example, if [Iranian player] Tarami scores a goal, there should be a photo of Haji under his shirt, and the world will see it, and some people will be jealous :)"[1]

Soleimani's Spirit Will Attend The Match

User "@yasinrezai00" tweeted a photo showing a fan of the Iranian team in a stadium displaying Soleimani's photo on his phone, suggesting Soleimani is attending the match in spirit.[2]

Ivanka Trump, Who "Played A Role In Soleimani Assassination," Will Attend The Match

Another account, "@ABOLFAZL_AMERY," which uses Soleimani's photo as profile picture tweeted an image of Ivanka Trump,  Jared Kushner, and their children attending a FIFA World Cup match in Qatar.[3] Commenting on the photo, the user wrote:

"Kushner's wife Ivanka Trump, who played an important role in Haji Qassim [Soleimani's] assassination, is among the spectators in the Iran-America match. Guys [i.e., players], slap them in the mouth because of what they did to Haji Qassim."

Let Us Win To Make Soleimani Proud

"@famil_kk" tweeted another photo of Soleimani, showing him smiling, and wrote: "Please God, let me tweet tonight at 1:20 [end of the match in Iran's time zone] with a double sense of pride, with the feeling that Haji Qassim would be proud of us."[4]



[1] Twitter, Berke_noghree, November 29, 2022.

[2] Twitter, Yasinrezai00, November 29, 2022.

[3] Twitter, ABOLFAZL_AMERY, November 29, 2022.

[4] Twitter, Famil_kk, November 29, 2022.

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